Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) takes the ball to the basket against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on December 1, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) takes the ball to the basket against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on December 1, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Curry, Durant in favor of new NBA All-Star balloting format

OAKLAND — Following the NBA’s announcement of a new system for electing All-Star Game starters, Kevin Durant offered his support for the updated format.

“I called for that a couple of years ago,” Durant said of the revamped plan, which splits votes among fans, players and media.

Beginning with this year’s edition of the exhibition, fans will gets 50 percent of the vote for the starting lineups and players and media will each get a 25 percent share.

“The players know more than anybody who should be All-Stars and who the best players on their teams are, the best players in the league,” Durant said. “So, it’s good that we get a say, get a voice on who should be in it. I’m sure there’s going to be a couple bias opinions, but for the most part, we know as players — and you guys [in the media] being around so much — know who’s contributing, who should be an All-Star.”

Stephen Curry, who like Durant is a virtual lock to be in New Orleans on Feb. 19 when the West takes on the East, admitted that he hadn’t thought much about the changes. But Curry did say he is a fan of the more equitable approach.

“Obviously, the game is about the fans and we want them to have their say in it because it’s a showcase for them and what not,” Curry said. “But there always has been this longing for players to have some kind of say and voice and control over what we see night-in, night-out as players on the court.”Golden State WarriorsKevin DurantNBANBA All-Star GameSteph Curry

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